How Do I Spot An Email Scam?
With 1 in 10 jobseekers falling for a job scam online, we’re working hard to prevent them from appearing on our site.
Our guide to spotting an email scam will help you to avoid any illegitimate job opportunities that may come into your inbox.
Key Characteristics of An Email Scam
We have all encountered a junk email at some point. Here are a few easy ways to recognise a scam straight away:
- Unknown sender name
- Unknown sender email address
- Misleading subject line
- Poor spelling or grammar
- Links to an unknown website
- Unknown attachments
If you spot an email with any of these characteristics, it’s important to mark it as junk and delete it. Do not click on any links or attachments.
Why Jobseekers Fall For Email Scams
Email scams are especially common for jobseekers. This is due to three main reasons, which we’ve identified below:
1. Jobseekers Receive More Emails Than Most
When looking for a job, many of us sign up to lots of different job websites and newsletters. This huge increase in emails means we are more likely to open an email scam and not realise it.
2. Jobseekers Are More Open to Unknown Senders
When looking for a job, jobseekers are more likely to trust unknown senders. Many potential employers and recruitment agencies send emails from different people, and without properly checking it can be easy to fall for an email scam.
3. Jobseekers Are Scared of Missing A Job Opportunity
Finally, there’s also a pressure to respond to new job opportunities quickly and with as much information as possible. This can make it easy for an email scammer to steal your personal information, and even your bank details and subsequently your money.
How To Stop Yourself from Falling for an Email Scam
At AdView, we work hard to capture almost every single job listing online. We list millions of job opportunities every week, meaning you don’t need to sign up to lots of random websites. Register here to stay up to date with everything that’s going on in your industry.
If you’re already in a bit of an email tangle, here are our top tips to avoiding any potential scams:
- Only give out professional details
- Never give out your bank or credit card details
- Never pay a potential employer or recruiter online
- Make sure you meet with potential employers or recruiters before providing personal or bank details
If you spot a dodgy email, make sure to report the source to Safer Jobs, a leading organisation in shutting down job scams. We also help to do this from our side – you’ll notice us on their Partners page!